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Full Stack Basics for the Non-Developer, Part 3

Here's part #3 in the series explaining our "full stack" at a high level. If you missed part 1, or part 2 make sure to give those a read first. If you prefer, you can read the long-form post with all the content in one. Again, feel free to call me on any technicalities or suggest changes/additions in the comments!

Javascript: Understanding Objects vs Arrays and When to Use Them. [Part 2]

In Part 1 of this blog post I omitted one very important detail about the nature of Arrays. You might have heard this already: "Everything is an Object in javascript!". This is technically true. While String, Bool and Number are literals, javascript silently creates a wrapper Object around the primitive at the time of access. There are couple of other special data types that are not Objects (i.e. Undefined and Null), but for the most part you will be dealing with "things" that inherit from the Object prototype.

Javascript: Understanding Objects vs Arrays and When to Use Them. [Part 1]

See Part 2 here

What are Objects and how do they differ from Arrays in Javascript?
When is it advantageous to use one over the other?

I ran into this question several times while browsing through stackoverflow's javascript queue so I decided to recycle my answers, elaborate a bit and make it into a blog post. If you are new to javascript, understanding these two data types is very important and could potentially save you some headache down the road.

Declaration & Augmentation

Writing a simple Sublime Text plugin.

For the most part I like to keep my code editors as light and vanilla as possible. Some of the basic features that I like to see in my editor include auto indentation, syntax highlighting and ability to search across the project. Anything that will help debugging my codebase is a plus. Sublime Text offers all of these features out of the box and much more with the addition of community contributed plugins.

Metal Toad University - Class #4: JavaScript!

Want to catch up with Metal Toad University? Go through the previous classes here!

The fourth class we held was an intro to JavaScript (JS), guest hosted by Robbie Ferrero.

Robbie gave us a great presentation on what JS is and how to use it. We covered the basics like what a variable is and what a function is. At the end, I demoed a small piece of code that I wrote during that class. It allowed me to demonstrate some JS in action.

How To Detect Which Element Was Clicked, Using jQuery

Sometimes we would like to find out which particular element (or set of elements) has user clicked on. However, binding click events on each element manually might not be the most practical way of accomplishing this. Or we might want to fire a certain event if user clicks on anything but particular element(s). I will describe one of such scenarios below and offer one of possible solutions to it using jQuery.

JavaScript: Resizing text to fit in a container

This span is too big for this div

This is a simple problem and a simple solution. Often in the world of dynamic data we find ourselves with data that is larger than the container. There are ways of handling this like a scrolling div or adding ellipses to chopped of text, but what if you absolutely must see all of the text and are willing to change to font size to accomplish this? Using this little recursive jQuery snippet you can accomplish this.

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